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With sleek black foliage and stems, Panther® Ninebark is the ultimate contrast option for your outdoor space. Plant it next to brightly colored selections for a design that commands fierce stares from guests to your garden or patio. Its smaller size and durability make it a unique, easy to grow selection for modern landscapes.

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘N5’ USPPAF, CPBRAF

Introduced in 2018

Zone 3, can handle temperatures down to -40 Celsius or -40 Fahrenheit

Full sun, or 6+ hours of sun per day – the dark leaves love the sun!

Mature Size & Shape:
4-5′ tall and 2-3′ wide; upright

Sleek dark foliage is the star of this plant, but sparse pink button-like blooms may appear in summer

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Planting and Care



Planting your Panther® Ninebark is easy:

Dig a hole twice the width of the pot, and deep enough so that when you place the plant in the hole, the top of the root ball is level with the ground around the hole. Fill in the space around the plant with a planting soil mix (you can buy this where you buy the plant) and press the area down with your foot.

Give the plant a good watering to help it settle in.





Your plant will do well with additional water when it’s hot. But to see its fuller potential, follow these steps!


An easy way to keep weeds down around your plant, and to keep it moist with less watering is to throw a 2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plant – basic bagged “landscape mulch” from your local garden centre will do the trick.


Your Panther Ninebark won’t need a lot of fertilizer, but it will benefit from a shot of good all purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves start to sprout. A fertilizer with a higher middle number (e.g. 15-30-15 or 5-10-5) will work best.


Prune in very early spring to the shape and size you desire. Ninebark are easy to trim!


Regardless of your gardening knowledge, you can relax. Use the sign up form above to receive regular updates on basic care for your Panther Ninebark. We’ll send you a friendly, seasonal reminder when it’s time to mulch, fertilize or prune your plant. It’s bloomin’ easy!



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